Sunday, October 19, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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BJP to stand by SAD
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 18
Punjab BJP chief Avinash Rai Khanna today reiterated that his party will stand by its alliance partner in the time of need and will participate in all programmes of the SAD in the eventuality of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s arrest by the Punjab Government. He also decried the “game plan” of the Vigilance Bureau in not conducting a speedy investigation for “obvious reasons”.

On his maiden visit to the city as part of the party’s “ghar ghar chalo, gaon gaon chalo” campaign, he interacted with senior unit leaders and urged them to fan out across the countryside to disseminate the policies and programmes of the party.

Interacting with mediapersons, he dismissed the corruption charges against the SAD supremo and claimed that the Vigilance Bureau was a tool in the hands of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, who was using it for his own political gains. “It’s all about vendetta against political adversaries,” he added.

To a query, he said the party would have to think on a strategy in case corruption charges against Mr Badal were proved. He said, “We will cross the bridge when we reach it. We stand committed as an ally of the SAD and will not ditch it in its hour of need”.

“We have been urging the government to appoint a commission headed by a high court judge to probe corruption charges against former politicians, but the government has rejected this proposal. How can a state agency carry out an impartial investigation against a party, which may form the next government?” he pointed out.

The BJP chief charged the present government with pushing through half-baked measures and pointed out major policy decisions that had to be taken back in view of a massive public outcry.

The MLA from Garhshankar said the party would contest the Lok Sabha poll in 2004 on the issue of “performance of the NDA government led by the BJP and non-performance of present Punjab Government”. On the Ram temple issue, he said the party respected the sentiments of the people.


Badal’s plea to Governor on excesses
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today met the Governor, Justice O.P. Verma. He submitted a memorandum to the Governor drawing his attention to the alleged excesses being committed on Akali activists by the Vigilance Bureau and the state police in the Lambi-Gidderbaha area.

He called on the Governor along with supporters from his constituency.

Mr Badal appealed to the Governor to put an end to the “excesses” being committed on his supporters and to order a probe by a sitting judge of the high court into the “illegal acts of the Vigilance Bureau and the state government”. Government agencies should also be directed to register cases against those who had been implicating innocent persons in false cases, he demanded.

Mr Badal also presented supporters whose houses were raided by the police in recent days before the Governor.

Later, speaking to mediapersons at his residence, Mr Badal said the Governor had assured him of looking into the matter.”

When asked what action could the Governor take on the basis of the memorandum, Mr Badal said that at least he could send a report to the Union government on the basis of his personal judgement. Usually, a Governor received memorandums from various political parties and the action taken by him was never made public.

Presenting supporters from the Lambi area before mediapersons, Mr Badal said that raids were being conducted to subdue them and to fabricate evidence in the cases registered against his family. He said that “respectable citizens” were being humiliated by the police at the behest of the government”.

“Not a single person has complained that I or any other member of my family has taken money for extending favours to anyone. Even then the police is trying to concoct evidence against us”, he added. He said the Bureau had been calling Akali activists for questioning and later arresting them.

“A number of Akali leaders in the Lambi area have not been sleeping in their houses because of the terror unleashed by the bureau”, Mr Badal claimed.


Harbans Lal’s property assessed
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 18
Punjab Vigilance Bureau officers, accompanied by officials from the Punjab Chief Architect’s office, surveyed the properties of Mr Harbans Lal, a trusted manager of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, to evaluate and draw site plans of the properties being investigated by the bureau.

Mr Baljit Singh Buttar, DSP, Vigilance Bureau, visited Killianwali and Rampura Phul along with 10 staffers from the Chief Architect’s office. They measured the buildings and drew a site plan of the buildings owned by Mr Harbans Lal.

Sources said the properties whose site plans were drawn included a rice mill, a cold storage and some shops, and were an integral part of the investigations. No relative of the accused was present during raids while only a handful of Akali leaders were seen at the site today. They, however, stayed at some distance and did not interfere with the work of the officials.

The Vigilance Bureau had arrested Mr Harbans Lal in connection with a corruption case.


119-cr drinking water plan for state
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
Of the 12402 villages in Punjab, the state government has identified 11849 as problem villages regarding drinking water. The identification has been made on the basis of the norms laid down for safe drinking water and its availability by the Union Government.

In view of this, the state government has envisaged a programme to provide facilities on the urban pattern in rural Punjab too.

A sum of Rs 118.93 crore will be spent to provide safe potable water to more than 13 lakh people in the villages where the sub-soil water is unsafe. Mr Jasjit Singh Randhawa, Public Health Minister, said today that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had accorded top priority to the problem of drinking water in rural areas.

He said once the World Bank okayed a two-phased project worth Rs 2400 crore, it would enable the Public Health Department to supply drinking water to houses in rural areas. In addition, sewerage system and water treatment plants would also be provided in the villages under this project.

In order to check the spread of fluorosis disease in the fluoride-affected belt and to augment the water supply in about 100 canal-based rural water supply schemes at the tail-ends of the canals with tubewell water, the government had proposed to install ‘de-fluoridation plants’ to treat ground water. A project costing Rs 16.33 crore for the purpose had been submitted to NABARD for loan. Already, one such plant in Sangrur district was near completion, he remarked.

The minister said that under the Centre’s Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) for sanitation facilities in villages, the state government had got approved projects for 14 districts with an estimated cost of Rs 65.84 crore. Projects for the remaining districts of Mansa, Ferozepore and Ludhiana had also been submitted for approval. As part of the project, 3,37,843 individual household latrines in below poverty line houses and 259 community sanitary complexes for women would be constructed. As many as 11,845 rural schools would also be provided with toilet facilities.

Warsi, Wadali brothers captivate
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News service

Kapurthala, October 18
Kapurthala Heritage Society would have certainly not conceived of such a successful opening to the 2nd Baba Jassa Singh Sharad Utsav. Whereas many among the gathering kept wondering whether Nazeer and Naseer Ahmad Warsi, the humble qawwal brothers from Hyderabad, could hold the rustic Punjabi crowd, they were themselves humbled within about 15 minutes of the presentation which came through on the tastefully decorated stage set in the backdrop of the grand Jagatjit Palace of Kapurthala.

Throwing the show open by rendering a purely classical qaul written by the great saint Amir Khusro himself, Warsi brothers, along with their accompanists, brought the magic of qawwali to life. They not only presented divine sufi verses in the medium of qawwali, but also rendered the bhajans of Kabir with ease and elan. And as they sung the timeless couplets of saint Kabir, the gathering could not but celebrate the joy of unity. After the customary qaul came bhajans, which then paved way to beautiful compositions of Delhi gharana of qawwali.

The delightful “rang”, hallmark of traditional qawwali, was the final presentation by Warsi brothers, who were honoured by Ch Jagjit Singh, Local Bodies Minister, who was chief guest. Also present were Ms Anita Singh, who has arranged the show, along with DC, Kapurthala, Mr Rakesh Verma.


Professing music that heals wounds
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, October 18
As foremost exponents of the Banaras gharana of Hindustani classical music, Pandits Rajan-Sajan Mishra have assumed the responsibility of documenting rare musical traditions for posterity. Besides rendering music famous for its healing properties, the maestros are now busy recording elements that impart the Banaras gharana its special edge. They are also digressing from the concert circuit to render two classical scores in “Woh tera naam tha”, the much-hyped film, which will see Singhanias debut as film producers.

After spending years in serving music which they imbibed from their father, Pt. Hanuman Prasad Mishra, Pandits Rajan-Sajan Mishra are now recording 150 ragas as a tribute to musical prowess of their gurus including Pt. Gopal Prasad Mishra, one of the most celebrated Sarangi players of India. These ragas will be presented through 2500 recorded compositions nurtured by maestros over the years. The hallmark of the documentation will be offerings in dhrupad, an idiom which virtually stands abandoned due to its laborious form and rendition.

Landing in Kapurthala, where they captivated the audience with their versatility on the second day of the ongoing musical festival, Pandits Rajan-Sajan Mishra, talked to The Tribune about the declining musical talents, courtesy consumerist culture which promotes quantity at the cost of quality. They were accompanied by Mohan Singh and Sukhdev Singh, their Namdhari disciplies from Punjab. Hinging the discussion on the Banaras gharana, Pt Rajan Mishra, the elder brother, said, “It blends the most incompatible musical genres. This is the only gharana which facilitates co-existence of dhrupad, dhamar, khayal, tappa, tarana, thumri, chaiti and kajri. Our vast base stems from our rich cultural history.”

Known for upholding literary content of ragas, Pandits Rajan-Sajan Mishra who mesmerised the gathering with their jugalbandi at Jagatjit Palace today, denigrated contemporary trends which serve no purpose, expect mutilating talent. “The purity of music is being sacrificed at the altar of consumerism. Mediocrity has become a norm. We have seen seasoned music makers succumb to the pressure of film producers who want music for the masses. No one is inclined to guard tradition,” rued the exponents.

For their part, they never compromised with the quality of music. That is why despite insistence by several film producers, they just sang for one film — Sur Sangam, which starred Girish Karnad and Jaya Prada. They are now reviving the guru-shishya culture at Gurukul, their academy for advanced learners at Dehra Dun.

Rooted in music, Mishra brothers are known for discouraging applause of their recitals by way of clapping. They are equally known for practising music that cured a Dutch lady of her severe limb pain in Holland. But more than anything else they are known for the string of awards they garnered — from the Sangeet Natak Academy Award (President’s Award) in 1998, the Sanskriti Award to the Kumar Gandharva Award (1996) and the Kashi Gaurav Award (Varanasi). Laughed the maestros, “That’s also about consumerism. Vocalists are now known more by the awards they collect and less by the contributions they make.”


SGPC to refer Pak Sikhs’ visa plea to Centre
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 18
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to refer the request of Pakistani Sikhs to the Central Government for granting visas to those who want to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple. At least 25,000 Sikhs are living in Pakistan.

This was disclosed by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, President, SGPC, here today. He said the SGPC, however, had urged the Pakistani Sikhs to route their applications for granting visas through their government.

Mr Tohra, who has been supporting the formation of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC) since its inception in 1999, said today that the PSGPC had to be controlled exclusively by Sikhs. He said when the Waqf Board was being controlled by Muslims, why could not the control of gurdwaras be given to Sikhs.

Taking serious note of the convening of the world Sikh sammelan, proposed to be held in Chandigarh on October 26, Mr Tohra said no Sikh could ever tolerate challenging of the age-old Sikh institutions. He indicated that if Mr Gurtej Singh went ahead with the proposed Sikh sammelan, the title of Professor of Sikhism bestowed on him by the SGPC could be withdrawn as directed by Akal Takht. He cautioned that Sikh intellectuals should not cross their limits so far as Sikh institutions were concerned. He said certain Sikh intellectuals, who had been demanding separate Akal Takht secretariat, had started speaking against the institution of Akal Takht.

The SGPC chief said the institution of calling ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ was prevalent during the time of Sikh misls to resolve various issues. However, after the formation of the SGPC, there was no need to convene ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ as the members of the Shiromani committee themselves represented the entire Sikh Panth.

Varsity don held for student’s suicide
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, October 18
Dr M.D. Singh, Head of the Department of Law, Guru Nanak Dev University along with Harminder Singh Mintu, IInd semester student of law were booked by government Railway Police for “forcing” allegedly Sourav Mahajan, a final semester student (of law) to commit suicide here late last evening.

A case has been registered under Section 306 of the IPC by the government Railway Police here. Sourav Mahajan committed suicide near Kathunangal Railway Station on October 17 by throwing himself before a train.

He allegedly committed suicide after being charged with stealing a mobile phone by Harminder Singh and some other students. The Railway Police found a suicide note in his pocket in which he held Dr M.D. Singh and Mintu responsible for his suicide.

He had alleged in the FIR that the HOD could give him a clean chit after seeing his last records. But he did not do so. An inquiry was being conducted by Mr S.S. Chhina, Security officer of the varsity.


BJP leaders to attend party office
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
The Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided that on each working day, a senior party worker will sit in the BJP’s state office to interact with party workers and the public, a release issued here said. Former ministers Balramji Dass Tandon and Tikshan Sud will be available on every Monday and Tuesday, respectively, while former minister Madan Mohan Mittal and state president Avinash Raj Khanna will be available every Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Former ministers Swarna Ram and Manoranjan Kalia will be available every second and fourth Thursday of the month, respectively, while former Deputy Speaker Satpal Gosain and former minister Mohan Lal will be available every third and fourth Friday of the month, respectively


Police yet to identify kidnapper
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, October 18
The district police is still groping in the dark to ascertain the identity of the kidnapper, who had kept seven-year-old Ashna hostage at her Adarsh Nagar residence and was later killed in the wee hours of Thursday during a police operation.

Though the police maintained that the deceased was a migrant labourer and efforts were being made to establish his identity, its failure to timely inform the local BSNL authorities on Wednesday evening itself to tap the telephone used by the kidnapper, had once again exposed lack of proper training to Punjab Police personnel to tackle such sensitive situations.

A police party met senior BSNL officials here to seek details of calls made from the telephone of Mr Ashok Kumar Sonik, advocate and father of Ashna, to ascertain whether the kidnapper had used the telephone to contact his associates during 11-hour hostage drama. “In routine we do not maintain details of local calls made from a fixed line telephone, on the other hand we can only provide details of STD calls, a facility which was not available at the phone of Mr Sonik,” a senior BSNL official said.

Meanwhile, police teams today visited several localities here populated largely by migrant labourers. People were shown the photograph of the kidnapper, “We have pasted the pictures of the kidnapper at the bus stand and the railway statio, the police said.


Now, send messages via e-post
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

  • Operating procedure of e-post
  • Users of Internet would have to get themselves registered at website
  • Those who do not have access to Internet could hand over their message at the e-post centres for transmission to the addressee.
  • The messages would be downloaded twice a day.
  • Undelivered messages would be dealt like any unregistered first class mail.

Chandigarh, October 18
After three years of receiving and sending e-mails in four states, the Indian Postal Department is extending the service in the rural areas of Punjab by the end of this year.

The Chief Post Master-General, Punjab circle, Mr L.K. Puri, said the hardware to receive the e-mail was already in position. The software for the service was being developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). The department would charge Rs 10 per page for messages presented at the e-post centres for transmission.

“Members of a number of families in the rural Punjab have settled abroad. Those left behind are aged persons who do not have access to the Internet and depend on the telephone. Correspondence through letters is still a preferred medium for many and we will cater to such clientele,” said Mr Puri.

As a pilot project, the services were started in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. The department was making efforts to find a software which could translate the message of the sender into any of the main languages used in the country. At present, the software was in English and Hindi, said Mr Puri.

The sender has to paste his message at the email ID, and type the PIN code at the centre he wants to deliver his message. For example, the email ID of the e-post centre at Chandigarh headquarters is

The email would then be downloaded, printed, enveloped and sent out for delivery.

Mr Puri said the department would accept online payment by credit cards and pre-paid scratch cards in the denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.


Heart check-up camp at Barnala
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
The Umeed Khanna Foundation is holding a free heart checkup camp in SD College, Barnala, on October 19. This is the third such camp being organised by Umeed, which has been serving the people of the district. Heart checkup camps is an annual feature of Umeed. The earlier two camps were held in September, 2001, and November, 2002, at Sangrur in which 450 and 350 patients were examined, respectively.

For the first time this camp is being organised at Barnala. A team of top heart specialists from Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, Delhi, will use the most modern techniques to check more than 300 patients free of cost.

“There is a continuous increase in the number of people afflicted with heart ailments in all strata of society” said Mr Arvind Khanna, Chairman of the Foundation and philanthropist, who is also the MLA from Sangrur. He added that due to the excessive cost the poor cannot even get themselves checked and that is why these camps are most beneficial for the underprivileged people.

At present Umeed is covering around 250 villages under its free primary health scheme “Health at Doorstep” and is providing free medicines to around 2500 patients every day through its mobile dispensaries at pre-defined villages. In addition to this the social wing of Umeed under its “self-help group” popularly known as Umeed mahila Manch has got more than 2500 members in its 166 groups being run at Dirba, Barnala and Sangrur. Umeed is also running four stitching centres free of cost — two at Sangrur and two at Bhiwanigarh block.


IMA lauds SSP for action against SHO
Our Correspondent

Ferozepore, October 18
The Indian Medical Association’s, meeting here took up the issue of the death of patient Baaz Singh in one of the private hospitals here. The association in a resolution lauded police chief, Praveen Sinha for action against SHO Satnam Singh for harassing the doctor and demanding the bribe to settle the case in his favour. Dr Harsh Bhola, Secretary, IMA said that action by the SSP who got a case registered against the SHO and put him behind the bars allegedly for getting bribe by pressurising the wife of the doctor Dr Jagmeet Kaur was appreciated by the doctors.

The IMA requested the police for speedy, free and fair investigation into the case so that the premises of the hospital where the patient had died apparently due to drug reaction could become operational. The police had sealed the operating theatre and other premises of the private hospital after relatives of deceased patient Baaz Singh alleged that the patient had died due to the negligence of the doctor. The relatives had started breaking windowpanes of the hospital after which the police intervened.


Workshop on crime against women held
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, October 18
The Hoshiarpur police organised workshop-cum-seminar on crime against women at the local Services Club yesterday. Mr Dinkar Gupta, DIG, Jalandhar Range, was the chief guest on the occasion. He spoke about the emerging strategies to deal with crime against women. Dr Ravinder Kala, practising psychologist in Ludhiana, gave presentations on counselling techniques and counselling of victims of crime.

The workshop-cum-seminar was conceptualised by Ms Gurpreet Deo, SSP, Hoshiarpur, as a part of the activities of the Community Policing Resource Centre which was set up last year in October. To provide justice on the doorstep, the cells for problems of women were constituted at the subdivisional level. The problems of women were being redressed with the help of volunteers from public.

There was a plan to set up a victim relief centre on the CRPF premises in the near future. Another objective of the workshop was to enrol more volunteers. Therefore, in the 10 panels constituted for dealing with matrimonial cases, the district police had included young educated persons, especially college students, to give them an exposure to the problems being faced by married women and the role of volunteers working with the police.


Singh sabhas for action against journal
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 18
Taking exception to certain contents alleged to be against the dignity of the Golden Temple and Sri Guru Granth Sahib, published in a Chandigarh-based monthly magazine, the Singh Sabhas of Jalandhar have urged Akal Takht Jathedar to take legal action against the publisher of the magazine.

In a signed statement issued here yesterday, Mr Gurcharanjit Singh Lamba, a spokesman for the Singh Sabhas, alleged that Spokesman, the monthly, had published derogatory remarks in its October issue.

Mr Lamba said the article had hurt feelings of the Sikhs and Akal Takht Jathedar should ensure that activities of such “anti Sikh” elements were contained.


Bhag Singh dead
Our Correspondent

Ropar, October 18
Mr Bhag Singh, former MLA, who represented Raikot constituency of Ludhiana district from 1957 to 1962, passed away on October 10 after a prolonged illness at his residence in Mohali. Born in a poor family at Harnampura village in Ludhiana on June 6, 1924, Mr Bhag Singh rose a prominent Akali leader and seasoned politician.

He took active part in the freedom movement sacrificing his job in the British army. 


3 remanded in police custody
Our Correspondent

Kharar, October 18
Mrs Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, today remanded Darshan Singh Pavitter Singh and Sukhmander Singh, all from Muktsar District, in police custody till October 20. They were arrested by the Vigilance Bureau, Punjab, in connection with an FIR registered against Mr Parkash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister, and others.

Mr Jatinderjit Singh Punn, public prosecutor, and Mr Malkiet Singh, DSP, Vigilance, appeared in the court and pleaded for the police remand of all accused. They alleged that Darshan Singh had paid Rs 10 lakh for getting his son Sandeep Singh appointed as an ASI with Punjab police. Pavitter Singh had also paid Rs 10 lakh for getting his nephew Amritpal Singh appointed as an ASI during the tenure of Mr Badal. They paid the money through Harbans Lal, manager of a petrol station owned by Mr Badal at Killianwala, Muktsar. The third accused, Sukhmander Singh, paid Rs 20 lakh to Harbans Lal for getting his wife Sukhbir Kaur appointed in the Excise and Taxation Department, but her appointment did not materialise. They said Harbans Lal had given Sukhmander Singh an assurance that she would be adjusted in future.

While pleading for the police remand, they said that information about the sources of money they paid were yet to be ascertained. They alleged that Harbans Lal paid the money to the Badal family. The defence counsel, however, refuted the charges of the prosecution and said the Vigilance Bureau was pressuring Harbans Lal to make a statement against Mr Badal. The accused moved an application in the court that the CIA staff, Muktsar, had arrested them on October 16 at 5 a.m.


2 cops to be tried for murder
Our Correspondent

Mansa, October 18
Mr Harsh Mehta, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mansa, today committed Gurjit Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mehal Kalan in Sangrur district and Inspector Chuhar Singh, now Station House Officer, Joga in the district, to the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Mansa for trial in a murder case registered against them under Sections 302, 364 and 34 of the IPC at Sadar Mansa police station. The case was registered against them after an inquiry by District and Sessions Judge Bathinda on the directions of Punjab and Haryana High Court.

According to the FIR of November 7, 1998 Gurmail Singh son of Bachan Singh of Akkanwali village in the district had been missing since January 29, 1993. Gurmail Singh’s father alleged that Mr Gurjit Singh, the then Inspector CIA staff Mansa, Inspector Chuhar Singh along with another police Inspector kidnapped Gurmail Singh on January 29, 1993 as witnessed by the residents of Dullowal village of the district. Later Gurmail Singh was liquidated by the cops, he alleged. He made a petition to the High Court which ordered an inquiry by the District and Sessions Judge Bathinda who submitted that Gurmail Singh must have been abducted by Gurjit Singh and Chuhar Singh, both police officials and killed in an encounter on January 29, 1993.


1,234 cases settled at lok adalat
Our Correspondent

Gurdaspur, October 18
A lok adalat was held here today which was attended by judges, lawyers, general public and law students. Mr Justice H.S. Bedi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman of the state Legal Services Authority, Punjab, Chandigarh, was to preside over the adalat, but could not attend due to his pre-engagements. In his absence Mr Justice Jasbir Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and inspecting judge of Gurdaspur district, presided.

As many as 16 Benches of the Lok adalat were constituted to dispose of 1,791 cases under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act. The cases relating to motor accident claims, matrimonial disputes, bank loans, civil and criminal cases were disposed of. As many as 1,234 cases were decided on the spot and the amount settled was more than Rs 7 crore.

Mr Justice Jasbir Singh inspected all Benches of lok adalats along with the District and Sessions Judge, Mr A.K. Sharma, and the member Secretary, Punjab State Legal Services Authority, Mr H.P.S. Mahal, and persuaded people to reach settlement.


Punjab to set up traffic authority
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18
In view of the chaotic conditions on the roads, resulting in over 2500 deaths annually in Punjab, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, has decided to set up a Traffic Regulatory Authority in the state. The concept would be to regulate traffic on the pattern of developed countries.

This authority would be the first of its kind in the country.

The Chief Minister has constituted a high-power committee under the chairmanship of Mr Sukhpal Singh Khaira, a senior Congress leader, to study the traffic problem and to work out details to set up the authority.

Members of the committee are Mr Sanjiv Gupta, IGP (Headquarters); Mr Karamjit Singh Sra, Additional Secretary (Transport), as Member Secretary; Mr R.S. Randhawa, an advocate, Legal Remembrancer or his nominee; and one nominee of the Finance Department.


College Principal arrested on graft charge
Our Correspondent

Ropar, October 18
Vigilance sleuths have arrested Principal of the Shaheed Kanshi Ram College of Physical Education Bhupinder Singh on the charge of corruption.

Vigilance sources said the Principal was booked for giving admission, a student to, Nishan Singh, in the Bachelor of Physics Education (BPE) course on the basis of a fake certificate.

Nishan Singh had initially got admission in the course in the 2002-2003 session against a general seat, after giving Rs 8,000 as fee. However, following a complaint, the Principal got his plus two certificate verified from the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). The board authorities informed that the certificate was fake. On the basis of the inquiry, admission of Nishan Singh was cancelled.

However, Nishan Singh once again got admission in the college against the NRI quota, he paid a fee of Rs 40,000 and an alleged bribe of Rs 7000 to the Principal. The connivance of the college authorities was became evident when the earlier fee of Rs 8,000 deposited by him was adjusted in the later payment, the vigilance. The Principal of college feigned ignorance about the readmission on the plea that he was on a leave the day Nishan Singh was readmitted. The vigilance authorities, however, dismissed his assertion as baseless, saying that since only the Principal had the authority to admit students in the college, could not be absolved of the charge.

The sources said the vigilance authorities also arrested Nishan Singh from village in Gurdaspur.

A case under Sections 420, 465, 468, 471 and 120 B of the IPC has been registered against the Principal, who was today remanded into judicial custody till October 30 by the CJM, Ropar.


Doctor booked for bid to rape patient

Moga, October 18
The police has registered a case against a private doctor allegedly for attempting to rape a patient. The case was registered yesterday.

According to an FIR lodged the Dharamkot police, a woman of Maujewala in this district was admitted in the hospital of the doctor for severe pain on October 12. On October 15, doctor came to her bed asked to come to the cabin for examination.

The victim’s mother was also present in the hospital and at the time when Sartaj Singh called the patient for giving injection her mother was also sitting beside her bed.

In the FIR the victim alleged that when the doctor gave her injection, she became unconscious and he committed the offence. When she regained consciousness and raised an alarm, her mother, who had gone out of the room for a while also arrived in the cabin and the doctor left the hospital.

Both the victim and her mother then reached their village and spent night there. Next morning the victim’s husband who was away to Sangrur came back. She narrated the story to him and they approached the Dharamkot police and lodged the FIR. — PTI


Man commits suicide
Blames Inspector, three others
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 18
A 46-year-old man allegedly committed suicide last night by consuming sulphos tablets and left behind a suicide note in which he named a police inspector and three others and claimed they had forced him to take this extreme step.

The Kotwali police has registered a case under Section 306 and 34 of the IPC against three traders whose name has figured in the suicide note but have not booked the police Inspector.

Sources said the victim Jeet Singh was a businessman who used to buy and sell second hand cars at Mandi Gobindgarh. He used to live in the Old Bishen Nagar area in the city. The sources said the businessman had come home at around seven p.m. last night. They said the businessman’s wife was not at that home.

According to sources, only his seven-year-old son, Jaskaran, was home. Jeet Singh reportedly consumed sulphos tablets and then handed over the suicide note to his son saying that it should be given to his wife Sunita.

In the suicide note, written in Punjabi, the businessman claims that he used to buy and sell old cars along with two other partners Sant Kumar and Kamal Kumar. The note says a dispute arose over the sale of a Honda City car to Vicky Malhotra of Patiala who was dealing in marble stone.

The note said on October 14, Jeet Singh got a phone call from Mr Malhotra threatening him with dire consequences if he did not return the money following the sale of the car to the latter. It said the inspector told him that he would be implicated in a murder case if he didn’t followed Malhotra’s instructions. The trader in his suicide note claimed that his partners also turned against him and were not returning the Rs 9.70 lakh due to him. The note says this should be treated as an affidavit.

Meanwhile there is one discordant note in the suicide letter with Jeet Singh signing in broken English even though it is claimed that he got it written by someone else as the trader could not read or write. Jeet Singh has explained in the note that he has asked someone else to write it.


Punsar resident shot at 
Our Correspondent

Dera Bassi, October 18
Two unidentified youths snatched a motor cycle from a resident of Punsar village at gunpoint and later shot at him before speeding away on the same motor cycle in broad daylight near here today. The incident occurred in Bir Dandrala, a forest area, located on the Dera Bassi-Mukandpur village link road, at about 9.30 am.

Armed with a country-made pistol, the youths signaled Rajinder Singh to stop while he was on his way back to the village from Dera Bassi. After a scuffle, they snatched the red coloured motor cycle (HR-4A-3801) from him and fired shots at his legs. As Rajinder collapsed on the road, the assailants sped away on the snatched vehicle.

Bleeding profusely from the left leg, Rajinder Singh was noticed by Mr Jasbir Singh on the road and was taken to the local Civil Hospital. After first-aid assistance, doctors referred him to the PGI, Chandigarh.

Soon after the news of the snatching incident spread in the surrounding areas, the police put nakas on entry and exit points on every road diverging Dera Bassi. The search operation for the red coloured motor cycles has been intensified in the subdivision.

While talking to The Tribune, the DSP said a alert had been sounded .

It is learnt that a financial dispute of the victim with the assailants was the reason behind the incident.

Meanwhile, the police has registered a case under Section 382 of the IPC.


Three killed in road accident
Our Correspondent

Sangrur, October 18
Three persons were killed when their car and a Tempo collided near Channo village on the Sangrur-Patiala road last night.

The deceased have been identified as Shiv Prashad Deoli, an employee of Sangrur Agro Limited, Deela Ram, a resident of Bilaspur district in Himachal Pradesh, and Sanjay Kumar, a resident of Hamirpur district.

The Bhawanigarh police said Shiv Prashad died on the spot while Deela Ram and Sanjay Kumar succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital. A case has been registered against the driver of the Tempo under Sections 304-A, 279 and 427 of the IPC.


Cong leader shot at
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 18
Mr Parminder Mehta, Secretary, Punjab Pradesh, Congress Committee (PPCC), escaped a bid on his life when three persons shot at him near Civil Hospital here late this evening.

The bodyguards of the Congress leader returned fire. One of the assailants, Jatinder Singh, was caught while the others fled. According to Mr Mehta, he was standing with his supporters outside the Civil Hospital. He told a man to bring tea from a shop, thinking that worked in a tea shop. However, the man took umbrage at this and started abusing him.

Later, the man, along with his friends, opened fire at Mr Mehta.

The other accused have been identified as Gagan and Sukhbir. A case of attempt to murder has been registered against the accused. They have also been booked under the Arms Act.


College student crushed to death
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, October 18
Anuradha (21), a student of Kanya Maha Vidyalaya, here was crushed to death, when a truck lost control and hit her cycle near Pathankot Chowk here today.

According to the police, she died on the spot and was identified as a student of MA (English) Part-I at Kanya Maha Vidyalaya. A case has been registered.


Fake currency seized, 2 held

Moga, October 18
The police today nabbed two persons and seized fake currency worth Rs 88,600 from them. The police also took possession of the car in which they were travelling. — PTI


BAMS student seeks grace marks
Rashmi Talwar

Amritsar October 18
Nine years after the lodging of a complaint of “sexual harassment a student has now written to the Governor and Chancellor of the Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, the Chief Minister and the Vice-Chancellor of University to treat her case as a special one.

In her letter, the student alleged that Dr Vibhakar Sharma, Vice-Principal, Sri Laxmi Narayan Ayurvedic College, against whom she had lodged the complaint and an inquiry had established it to be genuine, had influenced the authorities concerned to fail her in a subject (medicine) by two marks in her final year examination in 1998, thereby indirectly depriving her of a BAMS degree.

She said she had passed in all other subjects but the moderation committee did not give her two marks to pass her. According to the student’s father, a kin of the Vice-Principal was on the panel of the committee. However, Dr Sharma refuted the charge.

Defending the delay in representing her case, the student said in her letter that she was in a state of shock due to the incident and so could not pursue her case.

She demanded her case to be treated as special one and granted two grace marks so that she could pass and get her degree or allow her to sit in examination as per the rules and syllabi of 1998.

However, Dr Vibhakar said he was not responsible for her failure in the subject as she had passed in the subject taught by him. He had never used his influence with the moderation committee to fail her he added.

Meanwhile, tension prevails on the college premises over the reinstatement of the Vice-Principal despite the order for his removal by the Governor. The college management had reinstated him despite his review petition being rejected by the Punjab State Human Rights Commission.

Warnings by Baba Farid University of disaffiliation of the college far failure to remove the vice-Principal also remained unheeded, wrote, Mr Satya Pal Dang, a veteran CPI leader, in several letters to the Chief Minister.


Techfest concludes, students told to have
analytical bent
Tribune News Service

Longowal, October 18
On the concluding day of “Techfest 2003” to the national-level technical festival, at Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET) here today, Dr S.S. Oberoi from Tata Consultancy Services, New Delhi, asked the students to cultivate analytical approach, excellent communication, indepth knowledge, ability to lead and work as a team, honesty and integrity.

Mr Oberoi said the Information Technology (IT) share in the world gross domestic product (GDP) was 10 per cent and would go up to 20 per cent by 2010. He said India’s share in the world IT was just 1.5 per cent and was expected to touch six per cent by 2008.

Mr Oberoi said there was no place for ago in Tata Consultancy.

At another seminar on “biotechnology and Rural Technology”, it was emphasised that country’s economic growth depended on rural growth and adoption of new technology in rural area. He stressed that Biotechnology had lot of job potential.

Students showed enthusiasm in learning the theoretical and practical aspects of the models. These 200 models include working as well as non-working models. Some models are commercially viable whose cost only Rs 10,000 compared to the market price on the much higher side. Quiz contests, group discussions on current and technical topics, and “antakshri” competitions were also held.

Dr R.C. Chauhan, Director, SLIET, stressed on more industrial participation in arranging such mega technical festivals.


Mizoram Governor lays stress on moral education
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, October 18
Indian educational institutes are equipped with the best infrastructure, but lack “gurus” to inculcate moral, ethical, social and religious values in the youth, said Mr Amolak Rattan Kohli, Governor of Mizoram, while speaking on “Higher education — education reforms” at Guru Nanak Dev University here today.

He said it was the need of the hour to produce “gurus” in our country who could impart values to our youth.

Emphasising on moral education, he said India today was less educated as compared to 1947, when emotional, physical and moral bonds were stronger. The Governor inaugurated a two-day youth festival of government colleges affiliated to the university. He said he would urge the Punjab Governor and the Chief Minister to provide more infrastructure in government colleges in Punjab.

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